The Best Apps for Your Home Reno

Posted Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Smartphones have transformed the world of home renovation, giving us a myriad of fresh new design ideas and inspiration, from creative tools to interior design tips, to renovation planning and budgeting all at our fngertips, allowing us to access and update our project ideas anywhere and everywhere! There are thousands of home renovation apps to give you ideas and inspiration for your next project.  
Here are some of the best apps you can download for FREE to your to get you started on your next home renovation. 
Called the "Wikipedia of interior and exterior design" by CNN, Houzz provides people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish. Get inspired with over two million high resolution photos. Browse photos by style, room and location and save your favorites to ideabooks, making ideas easier to search, save, and share. Houzz is definitely your interior design app when you need inspiration. Not only does it have the largest database of interior design ideas, it's beautifully designed and fun to use. Design different rooms to your liking, browse Houzz's Ideabooks for creative ideas, and more. If you need some home design inspiration, the possibilities are endless with Houzz.
Cost: Free 
Devices: Apple and Android 
Zillow Digs 
Online real estate database Zillow launched Zillow Digs as a hub for home remodelling ideas and to give users an understanding of how much specific projects cost. Users can browse and save images relating to rooms, styles, and specific elements. What truly sets this app apart? It provides users with remodel estimates on the kitchens and baths that inspire them. Estimates are based on location and are broken down by materials and labour costs. The app helps you find professionals to do the work, and you can follow, and comment on, other users’ projects. Collect images, share your favourites and check out project costs all from your iPhone or iPad. Stunning images and a simple interface make finding inspiration for the next remodel easy.
Cost : Free
Devices: IPad IPhone IPod Touch
Home Design 3D 
Starting in two-dimensional construction mode, users pick a floor plan, draw rooms, and adjust the height or thickness of walls. It’s possible to drop in furnishings and lighting from a database of hundreds of objects and to select door and window styles, floor coverings, and wallpapers. When the design is done, a click of a button can turn it into a 3-D version. Users can experiment with all sorts of redesigns and then take a tour of the new look with a 3D walk-through. The basic app is free, but if you want to save your work and take advantage of more features like an additional furniture pack, you will need to purchase upgrades, which start at $4.99.
Cost: Basic is Free 
Devices: Apple and Android 
Resene ColourMatch 
Seen a colour you’d love to use on a project? Maybe it was at the beach, on a fabric or on a building, but you don’t know what that colour is or how to describe it? Resene ColourMatch can help. This colour-matching App allows you to simply take a picture from your smartphone and it will instantly match your chosen colour in the image to the nearest Resene paint colour.  Resene’s ColourMatch application gives you instant access to thousands of Resene colours enabling you to colour match from any image taken on your iPhone™ or Android. Or use the colour spectrum to select a colour and find the nearest Resene paint colour. Anytime, anywhere, you can put the Resene ColourMatch system to work.
Cost: Free
Devices: Apple and Android 


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